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Old 07/19/2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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New flooring, ideas for moving tank

Hoping to get some ideas/thoughts on the best way to do this. We are replacing the carpet in our house with laminate floors so I will need to move my 75g tank while the floor is being installed and then set it back up afterwards. Anyone have any ideas on how to successfully do this with as little risk to the livestock?

I thought about getting a large rubbermaid and draining the water into it and move the rock and livestock. I'm thinking it will be a few days before I could set the tank back up. I could probably build some temp brackets to set up the lights over the container. Any issues with this plan?

Also since the tank will be moved and the rock taken out should I replace the sand when I set it back up? Tank has been setup and running for 3 years and I feel I will probably be kicking up some nasty stuff in the sand when it gets moved.

Here is my livestock:
2 oscelaris clowns
1 coral beauty
2 PJ Cardinals
2 Bangaii Cardinals
1 chromis
1 starry blenny
1 firefish
1 scooter blenny
1 Randal's goby/tiger pistol
2 cleaner/fire shrimp
1 cucumber
5 BTAs

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trumpet, candy cane, torch, xenia (please die lol), zoas/polyps, mushrooms (so nothing super delicate)


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Old 07/19/2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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It would be like doing a huge water change
I would not reuse the sand tho, nor would I stir it up while pulling everything out.


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Old 07/20/2014, 07:33 AM   #3
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I would think if you don't reuse the sand then you will go through a new cycle. I have never done this before so I am not positive but I don't think your rock will have enough bacteria.


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Old 07/20/2014, 08:27 AM   #4
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Drain the tank about half way. Save the water. Lift one end and slide 1 1/2 inch pvc under it. Make sure to get one close to the middle and one near the end you are lifting. Have 3-4 pieces to make it easy. Roll the tank out of the way to the temp spot. Fill it back up. Repeat to move it back.

Done this with many tanks and many different types of equipment.

Very easy process you just need a friend or wife to help.


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Old 07/20/2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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If you have nasty sand ( if never disturbed, you do) get a normal aquarium gravel vac. Do a small area at a time when doing water changes. You just want the sand to fluidize not got sucked out into the bucket.


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Old 07/20/2014, 08:34 AM   #6
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I had to replace the flooring in my sunken living room after a water change "mishap"...fortunately my wife hated the carpet when we bought the house so...but how to replace the floor without tearing down TWO 6' tanks...I did the un-fettered areas first and as the floor materialized I simply did the drain and shift method and finished around the tanks and slid everything back as I completed the floor. Took slightly longer but worked!!


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Old 07/20/2014, 09:53 AM   #7
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I just did this and all the information i gathered here in the forum said not to reuse the sand if its pretty dirty. I ended up replacing the sand and used a cup of my old sand to seed the new sand. I too used a large rubbermaid to house the livestock and the live rock until the flooring was replaced. Good luck, just do not rush anything and be careful moving the tank and setting it back up.


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Old 07/20/2014, 03:55 PM   #8
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I definitely wouldnt move the tank with much water or weight in it at all.

Why risk the stand racking and cracking the glass?
3 year old sand? Now is a good time to replace it anyway
Take advantage of the move, replace the sand and as other members said
Just seed some with ur old sand


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Old 07/20/2014, 06:40 PM   #9
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Get a tote for just the rock and another two for the fish /corals.You don't need to use your lights unless is for several days that might take the new flooring to b installed


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Old 07/20/2014, 06:53 PM   #10
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It'll most likely be only a day at the most..which is why it kind of sucks to have to go through all of this for just a short period lol. I think I'll grab a few totes and go that direction rather than trying to move a half filled tank...that makes me nervous. Thanks everyone.


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Old 07/20/2014, 08:44 PM   #11
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Unless you have a junk stand my way works miracles.


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Old 07/20/2014, 11:16 PM   #12
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I just suck the sand into a bucket and stir it up with my hand...turns black but rinse it with saltwater a few times this way and good as new...don't toss it out unless you want a cycle


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Old 07/20/2014, 11:18 PM   #13
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why not just install flooring up to tank then finish it later after upgrade etc...?


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Old 07/20/2014, 11:43 PM   #14
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why not just install flooring up to tank then finish it later after upgrade etc...?
I have done this as well,
But I also move my 55 to a 75, I just replace the half of the sand, Rearrenge my rock, corals where as happy as they never move, oh and I used 30% of the old water, but I did other 79% water change after a week, 0 dead
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Old 07/22/2014, 07:28 PM   #15
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Drain the tank about half way. Save the water. Lift one end and slide 1 1/2 inch pvc under it. Make sure to get one close to the middle and one near the end you are lifting. Have 3-4 pieces to make it easy. Roll the tank out of the way to the temp spot. Fill it back up. Repeat to move it back.

Done this with many tanks and many different types of equipment.

Very easy process you just need a friend or wife to help.
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Have done this with many safes and did this to move my 220 around with just me and one of the boys. You just have to get it light enough to lift up about 2 inches. It is easier then you think. Hulu hoops and golf balls work wonders as well especially around corners, just need a lot of balls makes a huge caster.


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Old 07/27/2014, 07:53 PM   #16
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This is what I did. They can put a moulding around the tank stand. Looks great. Way less headache.

Buy enough laminate to finish the area if you move or get rid of your tank.


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Old 07/27/2014, 08:48 PM   #17
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This is what I did. They can put a moulding around the tank stand. Looks great. Way less headache.

Buy enough laminate to finish the area if you move or get rid of your tank.
lol while I did think of that, my wife quickly shot that idea down. Then again, maybe this would be a good time to upgrade to a 90g since it'll fit right on the stand.


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Old 11/14/2014, 06:34 AM   #18
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60 gal to 75 gal w/new floor

I am about to make a move from a 60 to a 75 because we are replacing our carpet with vinyl floor. How did your move go?
Is it best to move all tank inhabitants out to storage bins then drain the old tank then lay the new floor then install the new tank?

Thanks.


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Old 11/15/2014, 07:26 AM   #19
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I put heavy duty caster wheels on my 80 gallon frag tank. Now I can roll it anywhere with little effort. I wish I had put them on all my tanks.


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Old 11/16/2014, 08:33 PM   #20
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Move actually went well, didn't lose anyone. Was a royal PITA for what amounted to needing it moved for only about 30 minutes to get the floor done in that area lol


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Old 11/16/2014, 09:16 PM   #21
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Glad everything worked out fine!


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